Iraq News and Information Links July 2 2004
ARAB troops and the Iraq dilemma
BBC News – London,England,UK
By Magdi Abdelhadi. A senior Iraqi official has said it is unlikely a Jordanian
offer to send troops to Iraq would be accepted. The…

ROCKETS hit Iraq hotels
Reuters – London,England,UK
… Poland said on Friday its troops in Iraq had stopped old artillery
shells from Saddam's era containing the deadly nerve agent cyclosarin
falling into the hands…

BREMER exits early from Iraq
… It goes to the guy who left: Paul Bremer, the former civil administrator
in Iraq. The early handover of power to Iraq was the great fake out.…

ROCKETS hit Iraq hotels
swissinfo – Switzerland
… offs. It gave few details. said it would go on targeting foreigners
until US-led forces quit Iraq, Al Jazeera television said. no…

NATO plans Iraq mission despite Chirac
Financial Times – London,England,UK
Top Nato commanders are to lead the alliance's first mission to Iraq next
week to prepare for the training of security forces inside the country,
in spite of…

COMMANDER says Iraq-bound troops equipped with specialized…
Pacific Stars and Stripes – Naha,Japan
CAMP RED CLOUD, South Korea ˜ The Army has brought specialized training
teams to South Korea to school Iraq-bound 2nd Infantry Division soldiers
in the…

ADJUSTING to Civilian Life after Iraq
NPR (audio) – USA
… part “visit” with the couple. Drew returned from a long stint in Iraq
and is now adjusting to life back home. The two met on July…

SALMAN Haider likely to UN's Iraq representative
Rediff – Mumbai,India
… secretary Salman Haider is likely to accept the appointment as United
Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan's Special Representative to Iraq,
according to…

66 former Kansas soldiers recalled for duty in Iraq – KS,USA
TOPEKA, Kan. – Sixty-six soldiers from Kansas are being recalled to active
duty for service in Iraq or Afghanistan, an Army spokeswoman said Friday.

PAKISTANI hostage in Iraq is freed
CNN International – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — A Pakistani man who had been taken hostage by insurgents
in Iraq has been released, Pakistani officials said Friday.…

US study: Cost of Iraq war is unjustified
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
… lives and 40,000 were injured while 836 US troops were killed and 5134
soldiers wounded during the course of the invasion and occupation of Iraq,
according to…

POLISH Army Says Iraq Shells Had Deadly Cyclosarin
Reuters – USA
WARSAW (Reuters) – Artillery shells found by Polish troops in Iraq definitely
contained the deadly nerve agent cyclosarin, the Polish army said on Friday.

US troops charged over Iraq death
BBC News – London,England,UK
… martial. The death in Samarra is one of more than 30 involving detainees
in Iraq and Afghanistan being investigated by the US army.…

MIXED media: What happens next in Iraq?
New Zealand Herald – Auckland,New Zealand
THE ASIAN PRESS: The prospects of Iraq's return to democracy remain bleak;
first the US administrator, Paul Bremer III, put the interim government
on hold and…

FOUR US Soldiers Charged in Iraq Prisoner Drowning
Wired News – USA
… The case followed revelations about ill-treatment of military prisoners
in Iraq, Afghanistan and at the Guantanamo Bay US Naval base in Cuba,
which have…

YEMEN Willing to Send Peacekeepers to Iraq
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – Atlanta,GA,USA
SAN'A, Yemen (AP)—Yemen is willing to send peacekeeping forces to Iraq,
but only if they form part of a force that is under UN control, Foreign

TROOPS 'foil Iraq nerve gas bid'
BBC News – London,England,UK
Poland's Defence Ministry says its troops in Iraq have thwarted an attempt
by militants to buy a quantity of warheads containing nerve agents.…

GEN Casey takes charge of US forces in Iraq
The New Nation – Bangladesh
By PTI, Washington. The American forces stationed in Iraq are now under
the command of US army General David Casey, a senior army official has

SADDAM in Court, Visual Proof Iraq on Road to Democracy – USA
… There are people who do not want Iraq to make any progress.”. … It's
relatively calm (in Iraq) right now, but that's probably short term,”
he said.…

IRAQ: Saddam Hussein's trial must be fair, and seen to be fair.
Amnesty International – USA
Amnesty International is deeply concerned at the absence of defence lawyers
and the apparent censorship during yesterday's first court appearance
by Saddam…

JORDANIAN king's remarks on troops to Iraq only a message of…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
AMMAN : Jordanian Foreign Minister Marwan Moasher said comments by King
Abdullah II about sending troops to Iraq are a message of support for
Baghdad rather…

IRAQ'S new face
The Australian – Australia
… when nation-states are shaken to their core, it is the symbolism of
events that counts – and so it has proved during the past 48 hours in
the new Iraq, as a…

WESTERN elections hit by Iraq ripple effects
The Australian – Australia
THREE momentous events, two this week and one a few weeks ago, have the
potential to fundamentally reshape the politics of Iraq.…,5744,10023594%255E25377,00.html

IRAQ Insurgents Release Three Hostages
ABC News – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq July 2, 2004 ˜ A Pakistani driver who was taken hostage
by insurgents in Iraq has been freed, Pakistan's information minister
Friday, hours…

ARAB states ready to provide help in Iraq
The Globe and Mail – Canada
Two Arab states ˆ Jordan and Yemen ˆ have expressed a willingness to
send troops to Iraq. Yemeni officials said Friday that…

PAKISTANI hostage in Iraq freed
Reuters – London,England,UK
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – A Pakistani kidnapped by Islamic militants in Iraq
and threatened with execution has telephoned his family in Pakistan saying
he has been…

POLISH Troops Discover Iraq Bio-Weapons
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – Atlanta,GA,USA
… Terrorists may have been close to obtaining munitions containing the
deadly nerve agent cyclosarin that Polish soldiers recovered last month
in Iraq, the head…

US Marine Killed in Action in Western Iraq
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A US Marine was killed in action in western Iraq Friday,
a US military statement said. The statement said the…

'I am Saddam Hussein, the president of Iraq'
Springfield State Journal Register – Springfield,IL,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – A defiant Saddam Hussein rejected accusations of war crimes
and genocide Thursday, telling a judge in his first public appearance
since his…

JORDAN offers first Arab force for Iraq security
Sydney Morning Herald – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
… Abdullah of Jordan has become the first Arab leader to offer troops
to help the US-led international forces tackling a rampant insurgency
in neighbouring Iraq.…

BLAIR shelves plans to send more troops to Iraq
New Zealand Herald – Auckland,New Zealand
Tony Blair has shelved plans to send more than 3,000 British troops to
Iraq to deal with the expected upsurge in violence after the hand-over
of power to the…

BRITISH soldier to face court martial over Iraq
Financial Times – London,England,UK
LONDON, July 2 (Reuters) – A British soldier will stand trial over the
shooting of a 13-year-old boy in Iraq, the UK's top legal officer said
on Friday.…

IRAQ Sees Brighter Days Ahead
On the morning of July 1, the news was so good out of Iraq that the liberal
Washington Post and New York Times almost failed to find something negative

CHEMICAL munitions found by Polish soldiers in Iraq date back to…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
WARSAW, Poland (AP) Warheads believed to contain the deadly nerve agent
cyclosarin that were found by Polish troops in Iraq date back to Saddam
Hussein's war…

UK soldier faces trial over Iraq shooting
Guardian – UK
A British soldier is to stand trial after a 13-year-old boy was shot and
injured in Iraq, the attorney general said today. Lord…,2763,1252749,00.html

FUNERAL slated for Fort Worth man killed in Iraq ambush
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
FORT WORTH, Texas – Funeral services were set for Friday in North Texas
for a 25-year-old civilian contractor killed in a June 5 insurgent ambush
in Iraq.…

IRAQ considers Jordan troop offer
BBC News – London,England,UK
The new interim Iraqi government is weighing Jordan's offer to send troops
to help stabilise Iraq. “If the Iraqis ask us for help…

POLISH army says Iraq shells had deadly cyclosarin
Reuters – London,England,UK
WARSAW (Reuters) – Artillery shells found by Polish troops in Iraq definitely
contained the deadly nerve agent cyclosarin, Poland's military has said.

SOLDIER charged with shooting boy in Iraq
Reuters – London,England,UK
LONDON (Reuters) – A British soldier will stand trial over the shooting
of a 13-year-old boy in Iraq, the Attorney General has said.…

SADDAM faces the justice of new Iraq
Belfast Telegraph (subscription) – Belfast,Nothern Ireland,UK
Saddam Hussein still insists that he is President of Iraq, but the response
of the young judge – whose name was withheld to protect his family-_ was

US deaths in Iraq
Cleveland Plain Dealer (Subscription) – Cleveland,OH,USA
As of Thursday, 853 US service members have died since the beginning of
military operations in Iraq last year, according to the Defense Department.

TWO Turkish hostages freed in Iraq
CNN International – USA
(CNN) — Two Turkish hostages have been released in Iraq, Turkey's Foreign
Ministry in Ankara told CNN. The two — released on Friday…

JORDAN offers troops to help Iraq – London,England,UK
Marking a major shift in Jordan's policy toward Iraq, King Abdullah II
said he wanted to support Iraqi prime minister Iyad Allawi.…

POLISH army says Iraq shells had deadly cyclosarin
Reuters – London,England,UK
WARSAW (Reuters) – Artillery shells and warheads found by Polish troops
in Iraq definitely contained the deadly nerve agent cyclosarin, Poland's
military say.…

NO drop in 'hard-core Saddamists' in Iraq: former coalition…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
WASHINGTON : US forces in Iraq have failed to reduce the number of “hard-core
Saddamists” since the Iraq war ended last year, The New York Times reported

PANEL blames worldwide spy failure for Iraq WMD findings
Chicago Sun Times – Chicago,IL,USA
FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — The US Senate Intelligence Committee has concluded
that a worldwide intelligence failure led to the belief that Iraq's Saddam

RURAL America pays for Iraq war in blood
Sedalia Democrat – Sedalia,MO,USA
… A study his office conducted showed that 43.2 percent of soldiers killed
in action in Iraq were from communities with a population of less than

US postpones proceedings against captain charged with murder in…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
… The investigation adjourned on June 28, 2004, for the period of the
1st Armored Divisions redeployment from Iraq to Germany,” the military
said in a statement.…

I'M president of Iraq, declares defiant Saddam
Dispatch Online – East London,Eastern Cape,South Africa
… Hussein pitched insults at arch-enemy US President George W Bush and
defended his iron-fisted regime yesterday, insisting that he remains Iraq's

Œ I am Saddam . . . president of Iraq‚
Toronto Star – Toronto,Ontario,Canada
… Twice declaring himself “president of Iraq,” the 67-year-old ousted
leader faced an Iraqi judge less than half his age ˜ nameless, presumably
as a security…

JORDAN willing to send troops to Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
LONDON — Jordan's King Abdullah II said yesterday his country would be
willing to send troops to Iraq, potentially becoming the first Arab state
to do so.…

INSURGENT ATTACKS: Violence rumbles in Iraq on day of hearing
Detroit Free Press – Detroit,MI,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — On a day when deposed President Saddam Hussein appeared
in court to answer charges against him, insurgents staged deadly attacks
across Iraq…

AMERICAN Soldiers In Iraq Suffering From Mental Trauma: Study
IndoLink – San Ramon,CA,USA
Washington, July 2 (NNN): A study shows that American soldiers who have
been deployed to Iraq are suffering from major depression, anxiety and

CHENEY says Iraq war makes US, world safer from terrorists
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… The debate is significant because of the rationale the Bush administration
laid out for attacking Iraq and forcing Saddam Hussein from power.…

BOMBINGS across Iraq kill US soldier and Iraqi official
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Insurgents staged deadly attacks across this sweltering
country yesterday in their tenacious efforts to drive out US troops and
their allies.…

EX-RULER tells judge he's still Iraq's leader
Los Angeles Daily News – Los Angeles,CA,USA
CAMP VICTORY, Iraq — A defiant but visibly shrunken Saddam Hussein dominated
the opening of court proceedings Thursday against 12 of the highest-ranking,1413,200~20954~2247788,00.html

CALL-UP shows Iraq war has stretched Army too thin
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
… The Army is undoubtedly stretched thin by continuing wars in Afghanistan
and Iraq, and by deployments around the globe, including peace-keeping
duty in the…

JORDAN offers to send troops to Iraq
Jerusalem Post – Jerusalem,Israel
… said he would be willing to send troops to help the new Iraqi government,
while the top US official in the defunct coalition government said Iraq's
future as a…

ADD `sovereignty' to Bush's grand illusions about Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
PRIME MINISTER Iyad Allawi and his companions in Iraq's transitional government
must be wondering what kind of used car they have bought from the Bush

SOLDIER'S body flown home from Iraq
ic – London,England,UK
The body of a British soldier killed in Iraq earlier this week is being
flown home. Fusilier Gordon Gentle, 19, from Glasgow, was…

IRAQ raids, bombings continue
Taipei Times – Taipei,Taiwan
At least seven people were killed and 17 wounded in the first major US
military strike in Iraq since the occupation ended, hospital sources said
yesterday, and…

NEW blasts after insurgent attacks kill 8 in Iraq
CNN International – USA
WASHINGTON (CNN) — Two new explosions rocked Baghdad on Friday, a day
after insurgent bombs, rockets and mortars killed eight people in Iraq.

BREMER Says Zarqawi Is Well Organized Iraq
Reuters – USA
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Jordanian-born militant Abu Musab Zarqawi has set
up a dangerous, “professional operation” in Iraq that will likely be active
long after…

EARLY turnover in Iraq a good move – Springfield,MO,United States
For his final act in Iraq, Paul Bremer got something right. … In the
latest survey, they say Iraq needs a strongman who will bring security
and stability.…

JORDAN 'Would Send Troops to Help New Iraq Government'
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
Marking a major shift in Jordan‚s policy toward Iraq, King Abdullah II
said he wanted to support Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi.…

'I am the president of Iraq'
ic Wales – Wales,UK
… Baghdad. “I am Saddam Hussein, the president of Iraq,” Saddam twice
said, according to a reporter in an official media pool. He…

FREEDOM does not reign in Iraq
eTaiwan News – Taipei,Taiwan
On June 28, the United States-led occupation authorities in Iraq – otherwise
known as the Coalition Provisional Authority – held a secret ceremony
to transfer…

IRAQ eclipses economy as swing issue
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – Atlanta,GA,USA
… to get her kids through college. But this year, the most important
issue on her slate is Iraq. Like many Americans, she remains…

EDITORIAL: Bush's future hinges on Iraq
Taipei Times – Taipei,Taiwan
The US government is still in control in Iraq, but the transfer gives rise
to a new opportunity for the US to change the tide there as well as holding

18 Indians being forced to work in Iraq
Times of India – India
CHENNAI: A group of 18 Indians have allegedly been sneaked into Iraq without
their consent and are now trapped in a camp at Fallujah.…

IRAQ Update
New York Times – USA
… PERSISTENT VIOLENCE Despite a year of intensive effort, American forces
have failed to reduce the numbers of insurgents seeking to destroy Iraq's
new government…

CHENEY Details Iraq-Al Qaeda Link
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… The speech underscored renewed efforts by the White House to rebuild
support for its Iraq policies amid continuing violence in that country
and the handover…

FACE-TO-FACE and Toe-to-Toe With Iraq's Former Leader
New York Times – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq, July 1 The stakes in the humbling trials against Saddam
Hussein and 11 of his top deputies could not be higher: Death is once
again the ultimate…

JORDAN ready to deploy troops in Iraq
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
Jordan has pledged to send troops to Iraq if the interim Iraqi government
makes a request. Announced by King Abd Allah II on Thursday…

KURDISH-AMERICANS React to Iraq Power Transfer
NPR (audio) – USA
… on the sentiments of a Kurdish-American community in the Southern California
city of El Cajon who have mixed feelings about the US handover of power
in Iraq.…

TROOPS in Iraq have new boss to salute
Dallas Morning News (subscription) – Dallas,TX,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq ˆ With troops saluting, Gen. George Casey took charge Thursday
of all US and coalition forces in Iraq, saying he…

IRAQ debt write-off bitter pill for developing nations
Gulf Daily News – Manama,Bahrain
NEW YORK: It is hard to argue against debt relief for struggling economies
but experts say US efforts to forgive most of Iraq's $120 billion would
be a slap in…

HOW Iraq is Expected to Use Sovereign Powers
NPR (audio) – USA
Description: NPR's Alex Chadwick speaks to Noah Feldman, professor of constitutional
law at New York University, about how Iraq's government will likely…

'I am president of Iraq, the real criminal is Bush' – London,England,UK
… I am Saddam Hussein, president of Iraq.” Throughout the hearing this
was the title he clung … I am a judge of the criminal courts of Iraq,”
he said carefully.…

ANALYSIS : NATO in Iraq – – Is Chirac right ?
United Press International – USA
… Michael Howard, the prime minister said he did not yet know who would
carry out the training, or where it would take place, although he thought
Iraq would be…

JORDAN Willing to Send Troops to Iraq
ABC News – USA
LONDON July 1, 2004 ˜ Jordan's King Abdullah II said Thursday his country
would be willing to send troops to Iraq, potentially becoming the first
Arab state…

LIEBERMAN among first government officials to see sovereign Iraq
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
Joe Lieberman was one of the first members of Congress to visit Iraq this
week after the United State handed over political control of the county
to the Iraqis…—lieberman

TRANSITION in Iraq: Who Is Working for Whom?
Arab News – Saudi Arabia
LONDON, 2 July 2004 ˜ Until a month ago there was some hope that the
formal end of the occupation in Iraq might foster a broader international
consensus on…

BREMER says democracy in Iraq depends on security
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
WASHINGTON (AP) The US official who ran Iraq until a few days ago said
Thursday that the nation's future as a democracy hinges on whether security
forces can…

A Look at US Military Deaths in Iraq
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – Atlanta,GA,USA
As of Thursday, July 1, 853 US service members have died since the beginning
of military operations in Iraq last year, according to the Defense Department.

JORDAN voices willingness to send troops to Iraq
Xinhua – China
LONDON, July 1 (Xinhuanet) — Jordanian King Abdullah said Thursday that
his country would send troops to Iraq if asked by Iraq's interim government.

CHENEY Details Iraq-Al Qaeda Link
ktla 5 – Los Angeles,CA,United States
… Cheney said Iraq gave sanctuary to one of the 1993 World Trade Center
bombers and, later, to senior Al Qaeda associate Abu Musab Zarqawi after
coalition forces…,0,5907797.story?coll=ktla-news-1

IRAQ will find catharsis in the trial of Saddam – London,England,UK
In the great venture of turning Iraq into a prosperous, democratic model
for the Middle East, three hugely symbolic moments stand out.…

'IRAQ'S long shadow'
Al-Ahram Weekly – Cairo,Egypt
… an intensive wave of attacks throughout the country in what was described
by George W. Bush as “a final attempt to destabilise the democratic process”
in Iraq.…

SOLDIERS face mental problems after Iraq
Straits Times – Singapore
LONDON – One in five US soldiers returning from Iraq suffers serious mental
health problems associated with post-traumatic stress disorder, according
to new US…,4386,259448,00.html

BUSH, Kerry and Iraq's sovereignty
Christian Science Monitor – USA
WASHINGTON ˆ This week's milestone – the transfer of power in Iraq to
an interim government – is a vital factor in the US election.…

IRAQ issues plunge Roh back into political quagmire
Straits Times – Singapore
… month with the public blaming the government for failing to prevent
the beheading of abducted South Korean translator Kim Sun Il by Islamic
militants in Iraq.…,4386,259424,00.html

HOW Iraq will change US military doctrine
Christian Science Monitor – USA
… That will be one very pointed way of considering whether the lessons
of US operations in Iraq have been learned. With the symbolic…

JORDAN Ready to Send Troops to Iraq if Asked
Reuters – USA
LONDON (Reuters) – Jordan is willing to send troops to Iraq, becoming the
first Arab state to do so, if Baghdad's new interim government requests
it, King…

BRITISH FM urges international support for Iraq
Xinhua – China
LONDON, July 1 (Xinhuanet) — British Foreign Secretary Jack Strawon Thursday
called for the international community to come forwardquickly to help
rebuild Iraq…

IRAQ, Its Dues Unpaid, Still Unable to Vote at UN
Reuters – USA
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Despite formally regaining sovereignty this
week, Iraq can not yet resume voting at the United Nations because it
has fallen far…

SESSIONS among first government officials to see sovereign Iraq
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
Jeff Sessions got a firsthand look at the now-sovereign country of Iraq
Thursday, making him one of the first American government representatives
to see the…

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